This fall leaf chalk art is so pretty and it’s so simple to make! Use chalk pastels, or even regular chalk, and our leaf templates (more on that below!) to make this fun and beautiful artwork that kids of all ages will be proud to display!
Chalk Pastel Art for Kids
We used fall colours to make our fall leaf art – red, orange, yellow and a touch of green. The leaves really pop and look like they’re glowing on the black paper! And the technique is SO EASY!
This is a great activity to learn about positive and negative space in art and colour blending while using fun and tactile art techniques. Use a simple colour smudging technique over a paper template and reveal a clean leaf outline – so cool!
Younger kids might find it easier to use one large leaf template in the center of the page, while older kids can work around several smaller leaves. We have lots of free printable leaf templates available, but it would also be fun to use a real leaf as a stencil!
Check out our Fall Leaf Chalk Art video tutorial:
*Note: Scroll down for the step-by-step photo tutorial.
Looking for more fall crafts? Here’s some of our favourites:
Here’s what you’ll need:
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Can I use regular or sidewalk chalk instead?
We discovered chalk pastels when we made our northern lights pastel art and you can see the colours are way more vibrant than the projects where we used sidewalk chalk.
What else can I use to smudge the chalk pastels?
We found using our fingers was the easiest way to smudge the chalk pastels without removing too much of the colour.
If you don’t want to use your fingers, Q-tips work well to smudge smaller areas, while cotton balls work well for larger areas. You can also use foam paintbrushes to blend the colours. These methods take off a lot of the colour, so you have to use a light touch.
How to Make Fall Leaf Chalk Art
- Black drawing paper (or cardstock or construction paper)
- Chalk pastels
Step 1: Prepare templates
- Choose a free printable leaf template (see tips section below). Print it out on regular paper or cardstock and cut out the leaves.
- Add loops of painter's tape to the back of the cut out leaves.
- Place the leaves on the drawing paper, pressing down on them to stick them into place.
Step 2: Colour with chalk
- Using different colours of chalk pastels, colour over the paper leaves and onto the black paper extending about 1/2 inch beyond the leaf as in the photos below.
- Continue colouring until your leaf template(s) have been fully outlined.
- Use your finger to spread the pastels outward, away from the template to the edge of the paper.
- Once you've smudged the chalk and blended the colours to your liking, shake off the excess chalk dust in the garbage or outside.
Step 3: Remove templates
- Carefully remove the templates from the drawing paper.
- Your fall leaf chalk art is complete!
Get the Templates:The leaves you see in this post are available on our free printable leaf templates post! We have full page, large, medium and small leaves in lots of different leaf shapes.
How can I contain the mess of chalk pastel art?
Chalk pastels can get a little messy, but it’s easy to contain the mess if you’re prepared. You can do your art project on newspaper or on a baking sheet, or use a wipeable tablecloth underneath your drawing paper.
Make sure to have baby wipes or damp paper towel handy for cleaning messy hands. You can tap excess chalk dust into the garbage, or carefully bring it outside to blow or shake the dust off.
How can I protect my chalk pastel art?
Chalk pastel art can easily be smudged or damaged, so if you want to preserve your art there are a few ways you can do it. The easiest option is to frame your art behind glass.
You can also spray the art with a fixative, which is similar to a varnish. Workable fixative allows you to add other layers of pastels on top, while a final fixative offers final protection for your chalk pastel art.
For an inexpensive alternative to a fixative you can spray a thin layer of hairspray on your drawing to prevent fading and smudging. Make sure it’s an inexpensive, unscented hairspray without any oils or conditioner in it.
This project was inspired by the beautiful fall leaf chalk pastel art over at Projects with Kids. Capture the brilliance of autumn colours with this fall leaf chalk art! These drawings are so pretty and it’s so much fun to smudge and blend the colours together.
Here’s even more fall craft ideas:
Our book Low-Mess Crafts for Kids is loaded with 72 fun and simple craft ideas for kids! The projects are fun, easy and most importantly low-mess, so the clean up is simple!